Richard LeBaron

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

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GCC, US Foreign Policy, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations


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  • January 26, 2015
    King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s passing last Friday marked the beginning of King Salman Al Saud’s reign in Saudi Arabia, sparking questions surrounding the future of Saudi policy inside and outside the kingdom.
  • January 23, 2015
    ‘Continuity, Cohesion, and Consolidation Will Be the Watchwords,’ Says LeBaron  Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, is unlikely to depart sharply from the policies of his half-brother and predecessor, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died on Friday, according to Atlantic
  • December 08, 2014
    King Abdullah had a forthright conversation with Charlie Rose last Thursday about the need for the Islamic world to take ownership of the task of confronting extremism that has besieged the Middle East. His analysis and general approach to solutions
  • August 25, 2014
    The National quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on Qatar's role in securing the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis from Syria:
  • July 01, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on how the Gulf countries are expected to exert greater influence in Egypt under President Sisi:
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Full Bio

Richard LeBaron is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council with a special focus on the Gulf region.

Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as chargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was minister-counselor for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and public affairs adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was political officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).